Lasting tooth replacement for Pembroke Pines, FL patients
With missing teeth, oral function – enjoyment in eating, clear speaking, and even respiration – can suffer. Gaps in your smile also affect what others think about you and how you see yourself. Dental implants become part of your body, for tooth replacement that can last a lifetime. The entire procedure can be completed on site, at Pines Dental Associates in Pembroke Pines, FL.
Dental implants at Pines Dental Associates explained by Dr. Milton Ruiz
What is a dental implant?
Hi, this is Dr. Milton Ruiz from Pines Dental, and today I will speak to you about dental implants. Dental implants is a procedure used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Usually, we will place a screw-type structure into your gums, which will be used to support a crown, a denture, or some other restoration.
How is the dental implant procedure performed?
The first part of the procedure is placing the dental implant into the gum. Then we will allow the tissue to heal around it. A few months later, we will place the permanent restoration.
It is a painless procedure, and you will be numb while we do it. The initial part of the procedure takes about an hour, after which we will place the final restoration four months later.
Local dental implants: A lasting solution for missing teeth
Teeth have roots that anchor them to jawbone, providing stability for chewing. A dental implant replicates this function. The small screw-shaped device is made of biocompatible titanium alloy or dental ceramic. Over time, bone integrates with the implant, mimicking a tooth root. The implant is then finished with a porcelain crown or other restoration.
With good oral habits and regular dental checkups, an implant can last as long as your own teeth. If the restoration is ever dislodged or damaged, it is easily replaced without disrupting the implant.
A single missing tooth may be replaced, or multiple teeth at various locations in the mouth. Implants can also be used to anchor a dental bridge, or to stabilize a full denture.
Implants are the missing teeth replacement method that looks, feels, and functions mostly like natural teeth. Unlike most replacement methods, they won’t slip, slide, or click when you laugh, talk, and eat. They help keep your jawbone healthy, so your face structure won’t change.
Dental implants are sophisticated and complex devices that must be inserted precisely and carefully to minimize the risks of failure and complications. You must select a dentist with the right qualifications, skills, and expertise to perform this procedure for you.
If you generally have good health, you may be suitable for implants. Your dentist will assess your oral health status and the quality and quantity of your bone to determine if dental implants suit you.
The quality and quantity of the jaw bone are critical to successful implants. If you are bone deficient, your dentist may perform a bone graft first to facilitate the implants.
Just like you would take care of your natural teeth: Daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to your dentist for check-ups and cleanings. Well-cared-for implants can serve you for decades, even an entire lifetime.
Dr. Milton Ruiz believes everyone should be able to attain excellent oral health, and his mission is to provide the highest quality care at the most affordable cost to all his patients. Dr. Ruiz is a general dentist with over 25 years of expertise who graduated from Tufts Dental School in Boston.
Dr. Ruiz has completed over 500 hours of continuing education in his decades of practice to keep current on new technology and improvements in dentistry. He is skilled in all aspects of dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, sleep apnea therapy, orthodontics, Invisalign certification, Oral Conscious Sedation, and restorative dentistry. You can rely on him to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.